Giving Opportunities

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (S. 748) provides a significant Charitable Giving Incentive.  The bill includes a new above-the-line deduction (universal or non-itemizer deduction that applies to all taxpayers) for total charitable contributions of up to $300. The incentive applies to contributions made in 2020 and would be claimed on tax forms next year. Section 2204. The bill also lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for those who itemize, raising it from 60 percent of adjusted gross income to 100 percent.*

*Please consult with your professional tax advisor on the potential tax benefits of your gifts.

Giving Opportunities

Investing in Mercer has never been easier. See below to learn more about the many ways to support the University.

The Mercer Fund

By making yearly contributions to The Mercer Fund, alumni, parents and friends provide a necessary stream of academic and student support.

Crowdfunded Campaigns

Crowdfunding campaigns are online giving campaigns that occur over a short period of time and allow donors to encourage participation within their networks.

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. Use our database to find out if you company has a matching gift policy.

Planned Giving

A planned gift is a contribution that is arranged in the present and allocated at a future date. From charitable trusts and retirement plan gifts to gifts of real estate and bequests, there many easy options from which to choose.

The Greek Challenge

The Mercer Greek Challenge is an initiative designed to increase financial support for the University and award prizes for Mercer’s Greek chapters.

Scholarships and Endowed Funds

Establishing a scholarship or endowed fund is a visionary and generous act that makes both an immediate and permanent impact at Mercer.

The Parents Fund

Each year, parents of Mercer students generously contribute their philanthropic support to further enhance the lives of every student on campus.


Each term, a group of current students call alumni and parents to update record information, chat about experiences, and fundraise for the University.